Gardening Tips

Plants to grow in fall

January 14, 2012

When you plan to go for gardening in the fall, you must be certain about some specific factors like seed selection, climatic properties, soil chemistry etc. Every plant has a special requirement. Thus, selecting the seeds that are acclimatized with the seasonal phenomena of the fall season will give you rewarding results. The nature offers abundant vegetable and fruit plants during the fall that you will love to grow in your garden. But there are extremely ornate flowers of the season, too, that will glorify your landmass with bright hues. The key to successful gardening in the fall season is that you must have a thorough knowledge of the intensity and schedule frost attack of the place you intend to have your Fall garden. The sowing of the seeds must be done much before the first frost of the area. This is because a matured plant can counter the frost, but seeds will fail to germinate at all and die due to frost. The hardiness of the seeds and the variety of the plant you select is also another determining factor for a rewarding gardening experience in the Fall. Let’s have a look at some of the seeds that give good yield in the fall.

1. Beetroots


The optimum time when you can expect your beet root to give positive response is when the frost of the season has passed away. Thus, the preferable time for sowing beetroot seeds is around the month of April. The plant prefers soil that has a neutral pH level. It can also perform satisfactorily in slightly alkaline soil as well, but the texture of the soil must be medium to light. The soil must not contain pebbles and stones as that might obstruct the roots from spreading further as the plant grow. Beetroot hates well-manured soil. So it is best to grow beetroot after growing other crops in the same soil. Small birds are the common pests that chew the tender saplings as they germinate from the seeds. So, ensure that these saplings are well protected.

2. Broccoli


The best season for growing broccoli is early spring, preferably in the April till mid late June. It is the time when the hard frost of the Fall has passed and hot summer is yet to come. It is important that your broccoli seeds do not fall a prey to frost attack and at the same time mature enough to withstand the harsh sun rays of summer. Broccoli thrives well in light soil that is more or less dry and rich enough with regular manuring. There should be good drainage in the soil as the roots are prone to rot due to clogging of water at the base of the plant. Watering of the plant from the seed stage till maturity must be such that the soil is kept moist but not water clogged. Starter fertilization is recommended for the plant as well as heavy feeding throughout the growing season so that it gets its optimal nutritional boost.

3. Carrots


The time till the early August is the best time to sow carrot seeds. It is advised that carrot seeds must be sowed much before the first frost of the season. Since carrots are root crops, the soil for growing carrots must be light, arable and well drained. The circulation of air and drainage of excess water is vital in order to promote the healthy growth of the plant. You must ensure that your garden area where you intend to sow carrot seeds has sufficient sunlight. Growth of carrot plant is directly proportional to sunlight. Carrots also require regular dose of slow acting fertilizers.

4. Chrysanthemum


These colorful blooms will add spark to your garden throughout the Fall. They grow best in areas where they get direct sunlight for at least six hours in the day time. They grow in the form of bushes. So you must keep a safe gap of 15 to 30 inches in between two plants. The soil requirement is slightly sandy and fertile. Fertilization should be started when the seeds germinate into saplings. It is recommendable that you give liquid feed to your saplings every alternate day to ensure optimal growth. Sowing of the seed must be done in such a calculative manner that they start blooming two months before the first frost of the season. You can also start off by sowing your seeds indoors and replanting them outdoors only when they are matured enough to give flowers. After the blooming season gets over and the hard frost is also over, your plant will die. You must remove the dead plants completely from the soil or they can attract pests into your garden.

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